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Piper Writers Studio Showcase 2019

Date(s): Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Short Stories
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Come see what the students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with our third annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe (1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003). 

Featuring poetry, short stories, personal essays, travel writing, food writing, hybrid work, science fiction, historical fiction and more from Piper J. Daniels, Roxanne Doty, Lorin Drexler, Shella Parcarey, Jan Stanley, Megan Sterling, Linda Stryker, and Malik Toms.

Please note: while encouraged, RSVP's are purely for the purpose of attendance monitoring and gauging interest. You do not need to bring your registration or RSVP to the event. You do not need to register or RSVP to attend. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Author

Photograph of Piper J. Daniels

Piper J. Daniels (she/ her) is a Michigan native and queer intersectional feminist currently living in the American Southwest. She received a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from University of Washington. Her debut essay collection, Ladies Lazarus, won the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award, was longlisted for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award For the Art of the Essay, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction. Entropy named Ladies Lazarus one of their favorite books of 2018.

Photograph of Roxanne Doty

Roxanne Doty lives in Tempe, works at ASU, and has taken numerous classes with the Piper Writers Studio. One of her short stories, Turbulence, (Ocotillo Review) was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart prize for short fiction. Her novel, Out Stealing Water, was a finalist in the Autumn House 2019 fiction contest.

Photograph of Lorin Drexler

Lorin Drexler is an American poet, fiction writer, musician, songwriter, and music producer. Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona, and originally from the windy city of Chicago, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. His work has appeared in tNY Press, LitroNY, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Black Elephant, and Maudlin House. Lorin was also an awarded recipient in the 2019 Tempe Writing Contest.

Photograph of Shella Parcarey

Shella Parcarey is a Filipino writer and former journalist on Wall Street and the Chicago financial markets. She is currently working on a novel under a writing program with Stanford University. Her current creative writing works are based on her childhood growing up in the Philippines under the Marcos martial law regime. Shella was a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Citizen, Dow Jones, Bridge News, and Institutional Investor. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Barron, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Photograph of Jan Stanley

In her research and writing, Jan explores human-nature relationships and their implications for how people live with each other, other-than-human life and the earth. Her on-going ethnographic research is in Iceland’s West Fjords. Jan is committed to narrative nonfiction as a means to explore and communicate the many facets of these complex relationships along with their emotional power and development. Retired since from ASU since 2018, Jan continues as a senior sustainability fellow with that university’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Photograph of Megan Sterling
Megan Sterling has been writing fiction since she was five years old. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor's degree in English and is also a graduate of UCLA Extension's Master Class in Novel Writing where she studied with Hungarian-American author Les Plesko. She has taken classes and workshops at Piper Writers Studio since moving to Arizona in 2009. A California native, Megan lives in Mesa with her three rescue dogs and works in community relations.
Photograph of Linda Stryker
Linda Stryker is a retired ASU professor who has a second life in poetry. She has published more than three dozen poems nationally and internationally. She is in four poetry groups, including a Zoom group with nine poets scattered across the US.  She also attends poetry workshops in Taos, NM, and at Kenyon Review, among others. Her chapbook "Starcrossed" was selected and published by dancing girl press.  

Malik Toms was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and is a 20+ year veteran of the pen and keyboard. He did his undergraduate work in Sociology at Iowa State University, working as a drug rehabilitation counselor before returning to college to pursue a graduate degree in Creative Writing. He published his first short story at the age 18 after two years of "No thanks." Since then he has worked as a freelance author, which is a bit like being a freelance mercenary minus all the bullets and moral ambiguity.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is supports writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at For more information about classes and workshops, you can view upcoming classes.


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